1. Is Kobe Bryant's Contract Helping or Hurting the Los Angeles Lakers' Future?

    If you needed another indication that Kobe Bryant and his $48.5 million contract affect everything about the Los Angeles Lakers , all you have to do is consult the team's most recent transaction: a post-amnesty signing of Carlos Boozer...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 35,324 reads 198 comments

  2. Luol Deng Signing a Smart Gamble for Miami Heat in 2014 Free Agency

    Let's get one thing straight: Pat Riley is overselling the significance of the Miami Heat inking Luol Deng to a two-year deal...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 35,241 reads 91 comments

  3. LeBron James' Return to Cleveland Cavaliers About More Than Redemption

    LeBron James went back to Cleveland because he felt it was the right thing to do—for himself, the team and the city. Insofar as an inherently trivial act in the sports world can have significance in the real one, James' decision does...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 12,392 reads 47 comments

  4. Everything Lakers Fans Need to Know About New Signee Ed Davis

    The Los Angeles Lakers are in an odd transitional phase these days, one in which they must secure talent to keep Kobe Bryant sane while also making sure not to tie up cap space for a serious rebuild in a couple of years...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 27,907 reads 45 comments

  5. 16 Takeaways from Day 6 of 2014 NBA Summer League

    "How's your bracket doing?" It's not typically a question you hear in July, is it? But with the NBA 's Las Vegas Summer League kicking off its tournament portion on Wednesday, a little dose of that familiar collegiate madness made its way to the pros.

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 76,862 reads 111 comments

  6. LeBron James' Contract with Cavs Sets Precedent for Other NBA Stars

    When LeBron James went home, he did it for the right reasons—reasons that, according to him, went "above basketball," per the heartfelt missive he released through Sports Illustrated 's Lee Jenkins ...

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  7. Best Potential Landing Spots for Free Agent Ray Allen If He Delays Retirement

    Ray Allen is missing something these days, which sounds strange to say about a guy whose career has been marked by unparalleled long-distance accuracy. It's not shots the NBA 's all-time three-point king is missing, though; it's a job...

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  8. Dwyane Wade's Contract Gives Miami Heat What They Need Most

    The Miami Heat will pay Dwyane Wade $34 million over the next two years, but they'll owe him a heck of a lot more than that...

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  9. LeBron James' Return Puts New Level of Pressure on Kyrie Irving

    LeBron James ' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers is a boon for every player on the roster, but it could also make a few things tougher on some of them— Kyrie Irving in particular...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 23,214 reads 80 comments

  10. Timberwolves Must Face Reality, Trade Kevin Love Before Market Dries Up

    With every passing second, it gets harder to understand why Kevin Love is still a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 33,297 reads 218 comments

  11. Why LeBron James Is in for Rude Awakening in Return to Cleveland Cavs

    LeBron James is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers , and for now, the Rust Belt is alive with the pure jubilation that comes from a sense of the world being back in its proper alignment...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 56,527 reads 234 comments

  12. Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for Pau Gasol with Chicago Bulls

    In terms of his quality as a human being, there's not much breadth of opinion on new Chicago Bulls big man Pau Gasol . Anyone who's ever heard or read anything about the Spaniard loves him...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 55,638 reads 229 comments

  13. Houston Rockets Quickly Reveal Logic of Passing on Chandler Parsons

    The Houston Rockets are short one heartthrob after declining to match the Dallas Mavericks ' three-year, $46 million offer sheet for Chandler Parsons , per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 56,540 reads 260 comments

  14. 8 Takeaways from Day 2 of 2014 Las Vegas NBA Summer League

    The second day of Las Vegas Summer League action got off to an unexpected start, and not just because New York Knicks rookie Shane Larkin hit an impossible, high-arcing floater to give his team a victory...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 73,005 reads 117 comments

  15. Is Signing Pau Gasol Consolation Prize or Missing Piece for Chicago Bulls?

    Pau Gasol isn't Carmelo Anthony, but the skillful Spaniard is exactly the guy the Chicago Bulls need to take them where they want to go...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 87,169 reads 483 comments

  16. After Missing on Carmelo Anthony, What Do Chicago Bulls Do Now?

    The Chicago Bulls failed to connect on their biggest free-agency swing, losing Carmelo Anthony to Phil Jackson, the New York Knicks and max money in a whiff befitting the Windy City...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 5 months ago 4,792 reads 3 comments

  17. Complete Guide to NBA Free Agent Signing Period

    NBA free agency has given us enough gut feelings, amorphous "sources" and clandestine surveillance of Dan Gilbert's private jet to last a lifetime. Talk, cheap as it is, has been in ample supply since the postseason concluded in June...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 35,176 reads 38 comments

  18. What Does an NBA Free-Agency Contract Look Like?

    NBA free agency arrives in the heat of summer, marked by endless what-ifs, pipe dreams and possibilities. It's a time for fantasizing—for envisioning team-and-player pairings that seem too good to be true...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 34,445 reads 21 comments

  19. Would Miami Heat Completely Start Over If LeBron James Leaves?

    Pat Riley talked big in the aftermath of the Miami Heat 's NBA Finals defeat, and though they weren't in the room, his words were aimed directly at LeBron James , Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade ...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 57,951 reads 313 comments

  20. Why Cleveland Cavaliers' Every Move Will Be Linked to LeBron James

    There may come a day when we won't scrutinize every Cleveland Cavaliers storyline for connections to LeBron James , but that day's not coming anytime soon...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 193,922 reads 481 comments

  21. If Not Kevin Love, What's Warriors' Best Free-Agency Backup Plan?

    All's quiet on the trade front for the Golden State Warriors lately, a marked change from the pre -draft bluster that made Kevin Love 's arrival seem like a real possibility. Maybe it still is...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 42,695 reads 81 comments

  22. New York Knicks Look Like Leader for Carmelo Anthony in Free Agency

    In the end, when the frenzy of free agency subsides and the biggest stars once believed to be "on the market" return, inevitably, to their former teams, we'll wonder why we ever believed Carmelo Anthony when he said he was out for more than money...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 60,678 reads 430 comments

  23. Keeping Pau Gasol Key to Los Angeles Lakers Luring More Free Agents

    Kobe Bryant 's fat contract puts the Los Angeles Lakers in a position where short-term contention is the only sensible plan, and they'll need Pau Gasol back in the fold to carry it out...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 7,045 reads 18 comments

  24. Would Chicago Bulls Amnestying Carlos Boozer Be Precursor to Bigger Move?

    Amnestying Carlos Boozer might not signal the Chicago Bulls are certain to pull off a massive, league-altering signing, but it sends the message that such a follow-up move is possible...

    Grant Hughes Written by Grant Hughes about 6 months ago 3,412 reads 7 comments

  25. Spurs and Injured Patty Mills Both Win Big with 3-Year, $12 Million Deal

    You wouldn't normally say rotator cuff surgery and seven-month recovery times are good things, but for Patty Mills and the San Antonio Spurs , the point guard's bad break yielded the best possible results...

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